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Sunday, June 05, 2005
Abramoff's bipartisan benificence
The explanation for the infamous ethics truce in the US House was that of Joe E Brown at the end of Some Like It Hot: "Nobody's perfect."
The Dem bad boys' infractions may have been small beer compared to those of their GOP colleagues , but that wouldn't be the way it would appear, once the GOP manipulation machine got working!
The principle extends to Jack Abramoff and the largesse he bestowed on pols, notably (but not exclusively) with funds obtained from Indian gaming tribes , according to a piece in the Post on Friday:
Senate Democratic leaders Reid and Daschle each received more than $40,000 from the tribes and from lobbyists on Abramoff's team during the period . Gephardt got $32,500.
Plenty of Dem legislators are living in the proverbial glass houses, it seems.
And, given the chutzpah-tastic assault on in the integrity of Mark Felt by such paragons of civic virtue as G Gordon Liddy, and the Swift Boat nonsense last year, can you doubt that the VRWC will manage to fling more than enough mud at Senate Dems if they seek to make a Federal case of Abramoff's misdeeds?
(The DOJ is a different matter, of course.)
In the light of the Conventional Wisdom on the K Street Project, it's interesting to read that
Most lobbying firms here are bipartisan, to give their clients access to key lawmakers of both major parties. Abramoff's group was no exception. Although he was recognized as a Republican lobbyist who was close to DeLay and other party leaders, Abramoff was careful to add at least two Democratic lobbyists to his group during his five years at Greenberg Traurig. By the end, seven of his lobbyists were Democrats.
Try telling that to I Voted Against the Bankruptcy Bill Before I Voted For It Harry Reid!
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